The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Themes & Motifs

Dinaw Mengestu
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The American Dream

The American Dream is constantly referenced throughout the book, and is explored in great detail through Stepha, Joe, and Ken. When all three of the immigrants arrive in America they are very optimistic about the American Dream. They all expect to go to college and end up with great jobs. This is especially shown through the character of Joe, who has dreams of getting a PHD. In the early days, Joe consistently spoke about getting his PHD and earning a fortune. Even after leaving school and accepting a job as a waiter, he still kept talking about his desire to get his PHD.

Ken embraces the idea of the American Dream as well. He changes his mannerisms because he wants to be exactly like the American engineers and businessmen that he sees. In his mind, the American dream represents financial success. At one point...

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